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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 25, 2011 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weather Report Suite Part I

On the re-release of WOTF they included a few bonus tracks. One of these tracks is a demo of the Suite with Bob playing acoustic guitar and singing. However he only performs the lyrics for LIG and just hums through the Prelude and Part I. I assume that means that at the time he recorded the demo, he didn't have the early lyrics yet. Which would suggest that Andersen and Barlow were not working that closely together if at all. The lyrics he sings in LIG are also slightly different than the final version.

btw it is a really unique experience to hear an acoustic version and to these musically untrained ears, it sure sounds like Bob knew what he was doing with his guitar.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 25, 2011 11:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weather Report Suite Part I

It is a wonderful performance. One place to hear it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2qv-unoxm8

It does show us some things - when Weir recorded this suite demo, Barlow had already written his section of the song. Weir's melody for Part One doesn't quite match the rhythm of the eventual words, so those lyrics weren't written yet. Andersen was apparently only brought in at the last moment. (Some issue with Barlow?) Which means he would've known about Barlow's portion of the song, and perhaps written his part to match or reflect those...
It's possible, even, that this demo is something Weir recorded for Andersen as a 'guide' for him to compose the lyrics.

Notice also here, even by the time the Dead were recording the song, Weir STILL didn't have the lyrics for Part One, so it's still an instrumental, at least in this mix:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-00-00.wotfroughmixes.samaritano.97924.flac16

Rock Scully talks a little bit about the Weather Report Suite in his book:
"Record company business is constantly intruding, seriously distracting Garcia, interfering with the making of the album...[so] Jerry isn't able to look after Weir and help him pull together his songwriting projects, which are by now becoming extremely ambitious. Jerry comes back after 2 weeks of looking after record-business shit and finds Weir's song still not ready to go into the studio. Just a few chords, no words, and a very loose concept of what the song is going to be.
Weir's songs take the longest, come together at the last, and are usually the most critically received by the band. It's like pulling teeth to get a song out of Lesh or Weir. We'll have the whole record together except for that one track, and it's Come on Weir, would you get this together please? You have to get out the cattle prods. Finally he shows up, and all he has is a bunch of chord changes. I am usually desperate by this point, saying, "Let's call John Barlow, let's call somebody!"
So that may explain how Eric Andersen came to be called....

This post was modified by light into ashes on 2011-07-26 06:30:28

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 26, 2011 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weather Report Suite Part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2qv-unoxm8

I think that is so beautiful!

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Poster: MindBendah Date: Jul 27, 2011 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weather Report Suite Part I

Bobby is really some musician... I have felt his singing has always been a real energy source for the GD through the years. He always shows up and sings his heart out, he just might forget some of lyrics from time to time;)

This piece of music really shows Weir's depth as a musician. To me the mark of a good musician/band is one who can fill the space and leave no sense of emptiness. Weir does this quite proficiency and is a wonder to hear from someone who is primarily a rhythm electric guitar in a full band. Yet, this doesn't surprise me with Weir's folk music background.

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Jul 26, 2011 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weather Report Suite Part I

Wow! Weather Report Suite has always been some of my favorite Dead but this is amazing. I was trying to imagine what it would sound like solo acoustic before I listened and I never thought it would be so awesome...thanks so much.

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